Book ID: CBB301654787

The Archaeology of Medicine and Healthcare (2022)


Naomi Sykes (Author)
Julia Shaw (Author)

Taylor & Francis

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 197
Language: English

The maintenance of human health and the mechanisms by which this is achieved – through medicine, medical intervention and care-giving – are fundamentals of human societies. However, archaeological investigations of medicine and care have tended to examine the obvious and explicit manifestations of medical treatment as discrete practices that take place within specific settings, rather than as broader indicators of medical worldviews and health beliefs. This volume highlights the importance of medical worldviews as a means of understanding healthcare and medical practice in the past. The volume brings together ten chapters, with themes ranging from a bioarchaeology of Neanderthal healthcare, to Roman air quality, decontamination strategies at Australian quarantine centres, to local resistance to colonial medical structures in South America. Within their chapters the contributors argue for greater integration between archaeology and both the medical and environmental humanities, while the Introduction presents suggestions for future engagement with emerging discourse in community and public health, environmental and planetary health, genetic and epigenetic medicine, 'exposome' studies and ecological public health, microbiome studies and historical disability studies. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of World Archaeology.

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Authors & Contributors
Antonio Petrizzo
Fantina Madricardo
Hartigan, Karelisa
Cohen, Esther
Toker, Leona
Dror, Otniel E.
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Journal of Global History
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Agri Centuriati, An International Journal of Landscape Archaeology
L'Erma di Bretschneider
Museum of London Archaeology
Johns Hopkins University Press
Éditions La Découverte
Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge
Medicine, general histories
Health care
Environmental history
Disease and diseases
Pliny the Elder
Nightingale, Florence
Zeidler, Eberhard Heinrich
Friesen, Gordon
Schweitzer, Albert
Montaner, Lluís Domènech i
Time Periods
Early modern
Adriatic sea
Venice (Italy)
London (England)

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